What are the mysterious masts that have appeared in Doncaster town centre?

Mysterious pylons have appeared along the newly re-modelled Silver Street in Doncaster town centre.

Tuesday, 25th February 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 25th February 2020, 6:05 am

Made of metal, pierced with dozens of small holes, and measuring more than 20ft tall, they are placed at regular intervals along the main road, which has been part of a major transformation of Doncaster town centre’s ‘party’ streets.

They may look like some sort of high spec CCTV cameras – but we can reveal what the giant masts really are.

The structures are elaborate projectors, that light up and project a coloured image onto the street below – while the mysterious holes will light up in the darm and spell out ‘Silver Street’ up the pylon.

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The new masts that have appeared on Silver Street

Although work is not yet completed on Silver Street, the pylons have already been tested, and here are the pictures of how they look.

Coun Bill Mordue, Doncaster Council cabinet member for business, skills and economic development, said: “The £2million Quality Streets Scheme which has made a huge difference to Hall Gate and Silver Street is nearing completion. It is one of numerous schemes we are delivering as part of the wider Urban Centre Masterplan to make the town centre more attractive for residents, visitors and businesses.

“These two important town centre streets have been transformed into pedestrian friendly areas with quality materials used throughout. The bespoke lighting scheme on Silver Street will bring it alive in the evening, especially during its special light shows which will take place at different times throughout the year to celebrate key events. The full impact of the scheme will become apparent when it is completed by the end of March.”

Silver Street is becoming a one-way street during the day and closed for traffic in an evening. Council bosses say this will ensure it is a pedestrian friendly area, making it more inviting for visitors and encouraging more alfresco areas.

The new masts that have appeared on Silver Street, illuminated at night

Most of the work has already been done on Hall Gate.The final section at the top of Hall Gate will be completed early summer.

The Quality Streets scheme has received £1.35 million of funding from the Sheffield City Region Local Growth Fund.

The new masts that have appeared on Silver Street
The new masts that have appeared on Silver Street, illuminated at night